Russia avoids discussions on border control, - Deputy Foreign Minister Zerkal

The Russian side was avoiding discussions on strengthening of the border control at the meeting of Normandy Four's foreign ministers on May 11 in Berlin.

As reported by Censor.NET citing Interfax-Ukraine, this was announced by Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine on European integration Olena Zerkal on air of 5 Channel Wednesday evening.

"Our stance (three-stage plan proposed by Ukraine - ed.) was supported by Germany and France. Of course, Lavrov (Russian Foreign Minister - ed.) was not ready to discuss the strengthening. He was speaking of a possibility to strengthen, but he did not mean the border. They constantly avoid talks about the border, they change the topic," she said.

She also noted that during the meeting, information on changes of the situation within the conflict zone was presented, including on build-up of military equipment and its exact locations. The deputy minister said that Debaltseve and Donetsk were meant in particular.

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"Without control of this (conflict area - ed.), control over the demarcation line will bring no results. Even strengthened OSCE will provide no cease-fire at the demarcation line," she stressed.

Zerkal also informed about possible readiness of the Normandy Four intermediaries to provide financial support, in particular for supplying OSCE's SMM bases.

"I think it is easier for them to help financially than with human resources. They understand that without funds it's impossible to secure the peace process. While providing human resources makes them concerned, because no parliament will support involvement of military from EU member countries," the deputy minister said.

Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n388062